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Author's profile photo David Clavey

InnoJam – Check List of technical goodies

I am by no means an expert in InnoJam – being a newbe and having only attended one. I say attended, but suffereing from 10 hour Jet Lag did not help at all 😐

But it was fun and next year I want to be prepared to some extent, or at least have a check list of technical goodies that might help during the Jam. Of course having a really good idea helps as well 🙂 and being open to innovative ideas from the team also helps. But having once been a Boy Scout, be prepared is my motto ….

Here is my Check List:

1. All PC / Tablet / Mobile display work should be done with HTML5 / CSS3 which allows for rapid prototyping and code that works accross all platforms.

– Interestingly it looks like Madrid InnoJam will use Windows 8 surface machines, and HTML5 (deployed as a web page, rather than a metro app) should work fine on these devices.

2. Use OData interface as JavaScript can easily be used with your HTML5 apps to talk to either NW Gateway or Hana.

– You could also use SUP workflow, but there are a lot of mobility platforms that SUP does not yet support e.g. BB 10 / Playbook / Windows 8 / Windows Phone 8. In my InnoJam team we ended up doing it both ways SUP and OData, but this ment we were coding right up to half an hour before the deadline !

3. Reporting – Use Hana as your backend database and use some predictive analysis to produce some interesting reports.

– Don’t just use Hana as a database, make sure you are using its in-memory power to predict trends or some other backend complex operation and then produce interesting pretty reports. (Thats what the winning team at innoJam did)

4. Demonstrate ease of use of your PC / Tablet / Mobile app by empoying the following techniques:

Touch screen,

Swipe screen,

Presence (some mobiles detect how close you are to the top of the unit)

GPS (position)



Orientation ( Accelerometer)

Movement (Accelerometer)

Interactive buttons

5. leverage the device API’s (Don’t build boring apps)




Camera / Video







Messages / Alerts

Play Video’s

Change colours / pictures

6. Prepare a winning script for your 6 minute presentation several hours earlier.

– Mention the following Magic words:


in-memory / predict trends / complex backend calculations



Full user centric experience

Interactive reporting

7. Have fun. 🙂

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      Former Member

      Thanks for sharing your checklist, Dave!  I love it - #7 being my personal favorite!  I'm sure that future InnoJammers will benefit from this checklist.  Hope to see you at future developer events! 🙂

      Best regards, Gigi

      Author's profile photo David Clavey
      David Clavey
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      Hi Giga, I hope to be at future dev events, with my list of goodies 🙂 the innoJam was so much fun and so exhausting at the same time 😀 . David

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      Former Member

      Good stuff Dave, it was a pleasure to be on the team with you and all the others.

      Your list very well can be the winning strategy next year, I hope to be on the same team with you again 🙂